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Chapter 19

Acts 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper borders came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

Acts 19:2 He said to them, have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed? But they said to him, we have not so much as heard whether there is any Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:3 So he said to them, into what then were you immersed? And they said, into John’s immersion.

Acts 19:4 Then Paul said, John truthfully immersed with the immersion of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe in Him who should come after him, that is, in Christ Jesus.

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were immersed in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 19:6 Then when Paul laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.

Acts 19:7 And all the men were about twelve.

Acts 19:8 So he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

Acts 19:9 But when some were hardened, and believed not, but spoke evil of that Way before the multitude, he departed from them, and withdrew the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus.

Acts 19:10 And this continued for two years; so that all they who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Acts 19:11 And God worked special miracles by the hands of Paul:

Acts 19:12 so that from his body were brought to the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

Acts 19:13 Then certain of the traveling Jewish exorcists, took upon them to call over those who had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, we exorcise you by Jesus who Paul preaches.

Acts 19:14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did so.

Acts 19:15 But the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?

Acts 19:16 And the man in who the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Acts 19:17 Then this became known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

Acts 19:18 For many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds.

Acts 19:19 Many of them also which practiced magic brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed.

Acts 19:21 After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, after I have been there, I must also see Rome.

Acts 19:22 So he sent into Macedonia two of them that assisted him, Timothy and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

Acts 19:23 And the same time there arose a great commotion about the Way.

Acts 19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines for Artemis, brought no small profit to the craftsmen;

Acts 19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, you know that by this trade we have our wealth.

Acts 19:26 Moreover you see and hear, that not only at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away many people, saying that they are no gods, which are made with hands:

Acts 19:27 So that not only this our trade is in danger of falling into disrepute; but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis is about to be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the Roman world worships.

Acts 19:28 When they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, great is Artemis of the Ephesians!

Acts 19:29 Then the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theater.

Acts 19:30 When Paul would have entered in to the people, the disciples did not permit it.

Acts 19:31 For certain of the leaders of Asia, who were his friends, sent to him, pleading him that he would not enter into the theater.

Acts 19:32 Therefore some cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused: and most did not know why they had come together.

Acts 19:33 Then they took Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander motioned with the hand, and would have made his defense to the people.

Acts 19:34 But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice for about two hours cried out, great is Artemis of the Ephesians!

Acts 19:35 When the city clerk had appeased the people, he said, You men of Ephesus, what man is there that knows not that the city of the Ephesians is a worshiper of the great goddess Artemis, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?

Acts 19:36 Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, you ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

Acts 19:37 For you have brought to hear these men, who are neither robbers of assemblies, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

Acts 19:38 Therefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen who are with him, have a matter against any man, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls: let them settle it there.

Acts 19:39 But if you inquire anything concerning other matters, it will be determined in a lawful assembly.

Acts 19:40 For we are in danger to be called into question for this day’s riot, there being no reason by which we may give an account for this uproar.

Acts 19:41 When he had so spoken, he dismissed the assembly.